Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday Twister: Name All The Ornaments

This week, for the Thursday Twister we are going to head back to the past, when strange decorations covered car hoods -- yes, the hood ornament.  The earliest record of a hood ornament comes in the form of a falcon located on Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's (1332–1323 BC) chariot.  A few thousand years later, auto makers had exposed radiators with caps that became a natural place for personalization and owners often had unique ornaments.  Years later the ornament became a badge of honor for many OEMs and it wasn't until the 1960s/1970s that pedestrian safety legislation and public taste pushed them out of favor and into the history box.


Image credit: "Znaczek Mercedesa". Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

For me, the most iconic of emblems is the Mercedes-Benz tri-pointed star, behind which I have spent many an hour imagining it is some sort of gun sight -- hoping high velocity projectiles will remove traffic ahead.

What is your favorite hood ornament put on a post-war car?

Standard twister rules are as follows: 

1. Only one ornament per comment (be sure to hit the refresh button on your browser before you post in case someone else has posted since you loaded the page).  Do not nest the replies, just reply to the main post -- if you reply to someone elses comment it should be in reference to his comment and not a new submission.

2. You can post again, but only after someone else posts another car.

3. The contest will end at Sunday, June 21, 4pm PST.

4. One submission per hood ornament design (for instance, you can't just pick another tri-pointed Merc hood ornament from a W108/W111 etc).

5. Each car must be a running/driving car (no clay model prototypes) and at least two must have been built of that particular car (no one-offs.) and sold anywhere in the world after 1945.

6. No anonymous submissions -- pick a name with the Name/URL dropdown.

Ready...set...hoodies!


34 comments:

  1. Gotta be the RR Spirit of Ecstasy!
    [img]http://www.gtspirit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/rolls_royce_celebrates_100_years_of_the_spirit_of_ecstasy_01.jpg[/img]

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  2. [img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LdSIr3xbspY/TeM8JoU2nKI/AAAAAAAAC3U/wREBWRQ_MBo/s400/duke+of+new+york+limo+car+kurt+russell.jpg[/img]

    These should count.

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    1. Isaac Hays was so cool...







      Probably is, but I don't know about the whole LRH thang

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    2. Funny, I just watched that the other day.

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  3. [img]http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTU1WDU1MA==/$T2eC16R,!)!E9s2fCHPeBQjdwNfFe!~~60_12.JPG[/img]

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    1. JC Whitney doesn't seem to sell hood ornaments anymore!

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  4. The Jaguar Leaper.

    [img]http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/images/library/files/Jag14.jpg[/img]

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  5. ~ '28 Isotta Fraschini Landaulet Type 8A.
    [img]https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/7051_1058761644153322_1492403000702339296_n.jpg?oh=3eea6a00bfcc3d016d65073c4462a4bd&oe=5631C3C1[/img]

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    1. I grew up around the restoration of a later famous IF. It still is my favorite automobile, only it had a Lalique eagle head radiator ornament!

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  7. ~ Big Chief Slow'n'Steady.
    [img]https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10955605_976384392391048_7319699260779455261_n.jpg?oh=efb0bd8da36fb5d606e43fc5bb937800&oe=55EBD970[/img]

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    1. ~ Ooopps, Didn't expect everyone to be napping.
      This is on a Fiat, don't know years or model.

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    2. Wayno Carino put one of these on a car he auctioned for a TV. I think it was a hood ornament on a Fiat Jolly?

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  8. compuglobalhypermeganetJune 18, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    [img]https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10846430_937264989636322_61312104870509301_n.jpg?oh=d3ba3d2a3d8b6073ce8889f6185005c2&oe=562CE026[/img]

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    1. compuglobalhypermeganetJune 18, 2015 at 1:38 PM

      ~ 1929 Rolls Royce Schneider Seaplane trophy.

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  9. ~ I'm sadly disappointed with the response on this Thursday's Twister, so with your permission I will fill in some intertube noise
    ~ 1939 Packard Hood Ornament.
    [img]https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/11205516_1028793323816821_7065829716163723708_n.jpg?oh=f00c7d60a784bbb297f0f5352412e68a&oe=55F7029B[/img]

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    1. What is Mercury doing on a Packard n the inaugural year of the first Merc? I asks ya!

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  10. ~ 1912 Gobron-Brillié 12 CV Skiff Tourer.
    [img]https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11081261_1009685862394234_7519875639881862641_n.jpg?oh=3228731cc9248a96e5d6cfe95d9cf408&oe=56333519[/img]

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  11. ~ 1929 Stearns-Knight.
    [img]https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11083613_1008142252548595_823371588223240859_n.jpg?oh=0aab9224e86eb1974869d505009f0b21&oe=55EEF55C[/img]

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  12. ~ Avions-Voisin.
    [img]https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/1546131_967439526618868_7138359724807637134_n.jpg?oh=6af6f0a143ccf3877969dd7c17b48529&oe=55F162FE[/img]

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  13. compuglobalhypermeganetJune 18, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    ~ Willys Knight.
    [img]https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10387347_944740545555433_6472418787181719623_n.jpg?oh=206c2b8b2798d1fa893841ad0ef2eb96&oe=562CBD64[/img]

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  14. 1964 Chrysler Imperial

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/xlhzPzG.jpg?1[/img]

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  15. ~'41 Cadillac Nymph.
    [img]https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10641071_910229799006508_4338983383961542003_n.jpg?oh=bf9ca1e4a80f8a4f286e4b8168dc3d56&oe=5623D52E[/img]

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  16. compuglobalhypermeganetJune 18, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    ~ Bugatti Pachyderm.
    [img]https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10610710_908868685809286_5833867210158119144_n.jpg?oh=850e01bce2966cb2f83d8a2e8f023201&oe=562BF1F3[/img]

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    2. ~ System is too slow, to many glitches. I have dozens of favorites I will share if this ever makes it to facebook.

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  18. Mid-1980s Zimmer Golden Spirit...

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/pUFNidG.jpg?1[/img]

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  20. The best selection of examples online is, http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/08/hood-ornament-identifiaction-guide.html
    There are so many great ones, I can't pick a favorite.

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  21. 2015 Hongqi H7...rock on, comrade!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7Hfc_p0AYA

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    1. Hongqi? Is that pronounced like "honkey"?

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    2. Just to us crackers.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/GQq5Xds.jpg?1[/img]

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    3. Are there more complaints about how there are too many hood ornaments to choose from than posts of actual hood ornaments? H3LLS B3LLS, just pick one people!

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